Well, it was bound to happen.
Today, Activision Publishing, Inc. has announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops II has passed the $1 billion threshold in worldwide sales, "according to Chart-Track retail customer sell-through info and internal company estimates."
It took just over two weeks (15 days) for the mega blockbuster to hit the billion-dollar plateau and in comparison, last year's Modern Warfare 3 took 16 days. Therefore, previous analyst concerns about the franchise slowing down might not be entirely accurate, depending on your view of the numbers. By the way, the box office record for films is 17 days; "Avatar" raked in $1 billion in that span of time back in 2009.
Said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick:
"The release of Call of Duty® has been one of the most significant entertainment events of each of the last six years. Since Call of Duty was launched, cumulative franchise revenues from players around the world are greater than current worldwide box office receipts to date for the top-10 grossing films of 2012 combined. Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for 'Harry Potter' and 'Star Wars,' the two most successful movie franchises of all time."
By the way, since Black Ops II hit store shelves, over 150 million hours have been logged playing on the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE services. …yeah. That's like, a ton of time.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops II